Rebuilding Lebanon (Updated!)

25.01.07

Categorie: Lebanon, Reconstruction |

The United States will announce a substantial contribution to Lebanon at an international donors’ conference this week as part of an effort to rebuild the country and strengthen its western-backed government, State Department officials said.

This according to the Associated Press.

The total is expected to exceed the $230 million that the United States contributed for reconstruction efforts last year, a senior administration official said Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the proposal have not been announced.The money, which would have to be approved by Congress, would be a major increase over the $30 million to $40 million that Washington had pledged for aid to Lebanon in recent years.

Update, 1/25/07: While riots rock Beirut, aid pledged by donor nations in Paris reaches more than $7 billion, CNN reports:

Lebanon won more than $7.6 billion on Thursday to help it cope with a debt mountain and recover from war — and, some donors hope, to help its U.S.-backed government weather a growing threat from Hezbollah-led opponents.

Check out my video to see where past aid went … and where future investment might go.

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  2. [...] There are a lot people – both Lebanese and foreigners – working on behalf of this storied little country, doing their best to make sure all those scars of war remain just that: fading signs of old wounds. Western and regional investment is pouring in. And 10,000 heavily-armed U.N. peacekeepers in the south swear they’re doing their best to keep the peace. That’s the subject of a news feature in our February issue: [...]

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